Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Fly Like a G6: The Runner's High

I have to admit it: I listen to crap-filled rap songs with shitty language that are mostly about drugs and misogynistic sex and drinking and other unsavory stuff. And I like them. Even my teen and tweenaged kids are frequently horrified by what I will listen to. My son once famously went through all of my workout tunes and looked up the lyrics online, growing more and more hysterical with each obscenity and satanic-message-filled song until he was literally howling with laughter. Why is it that all the raunchiest or bad-message songs are the ones that get you going? Hey, I told him, at least it's not like what I listened to when I was a teenager (how about "I Don't Care About You, F**! You" for a song title?)

But really, deep down it disturbs me that so much good music goes to promoting such dangerous pastimes. Am I sounding like an old fuddy duddy yet? Probably so. Or as the title of this interesting documentary film that explores the Christiam music phenomenon asks "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?" And I do sometimes put the radio on the Christian music station, but lets face it: most of it sucks. Yeah, send me straight down to the hot place for saying it, but there's nothing on there that will get your blood pumping like Motorhead's Ace of Spades. Nothing.

But today when I was running up our local mountain trail over and over and over just for kicks and grins, what I was thinking was how sad it is that the rappers and the rockers and the listeners of this stuff don't know just how high you can get when you push your body hard. Whether you call it a "runner's high" or an "endorphin rush", it's powerful stuff. Our body creates these amazing chemicals that act on our brain as an opiate and leave us feeling giddy and just downright blissed out. After a good set of hill repeats, I'm like Sherlock Holmes in an opium den, feeling better than any rapper "gettin slizzard" on sizzurp, whose side-effects include euphoria, lethargy and extreme drowsiness. Hmmm, sounds like me after a session at the track or at home in the gym. No thanks on the drugs please, just pass the kettlebells.

7 comments:

juliejulie said...

Goodness! I know what you mean though. Gwen Stefani's "I'm feeling Yummy Head to Toe..." gets me up many a hill.

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

so funny, my group of running moms and I were just discussing "does anyone know what exactly a G6 is?" Someone said airplane, I'm taking your blog photo as confirmation. I'm with you, I listen to music I'd be embarassed for anyone else to even know about...

Mary IronMatron said...

I'm so ignorant, i don't even know what G6 is. What is it?

Robin said...

Actually, there's no such thing as a G6 airplane. Gulfstream used to name their jets with single Roman numerals, like G IV, so a "G4" would've been a Gulfstream IV. But now they've gone to a different numbering system. The airplane I put a photo of is a Gulstream 650, which in slang is a "G6". Basically, the top of the line luxury jet that any rapper would love to have: the ultimate bling!

Jason said...

This is hilarious and yet oh-so-true in a sad way.

I go to iTunes and I pull up the explicit lyrics before I buy it and why? Because it has some sort of effect on me I guess but as you say you can get that 'high' from working out alone.

tinaparker87 said...

Nicely said ;)

Jonathon said...

the human body/mind conversion is one of the great wonders of the universe...it takes a certain type of person to get the said "high" that G6 experiences from a simple jog. I need visual stimulation and suprises along the way...I can run and run, as long as there is something new and unprojected: ie; newly fallen tree, animal on the path.The feeling of being alone in a vast open wilderness is by far the greatest high I can imagine. Take that hike and get out there...not really you G6, you have found youre niche. I'm blessed with my local surroundings and the abundancy of barely touched land, but I think its a crucial part of american heritage to just get out there and explore. Turn those logs over and show your children what you can find with a little curiosity and persitance..anywase off my rant there is more than one way to pursue a healthy lifestyle,..so find your niche like G6 has.